Calhoun withdraws from BOE race

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Lucas Calhoun of Maplewood announced that he will be withdrawing from the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education race, in which he was one of nine remaining candidates, with a former candidate, John Sarantakis, having already bowed out. This leaves eight candidates running for three open seats: incumbents Elizabeth Baker […]

Police captain cleared of all criminal charges, back to work

Police captain cleared of all criminal charges, back to work

IRVINGTON, NJ — Wednesday, Sept. 6, was the first day back on the job for Irvington Police Division Capt. Monique Smith, after she was cleared of all criminal charges related to an off-duty incident involving Newark Councilman John Sharpe James in 2014, son of the former Newark mayor. According to Smith’s attorney, Steven Altman, on […]

Brookdale School collecting supplies for a Texas town

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Brookdale Elementary School, through its Brookdale Home and School Association, has adopted a Texas school that had been damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The president of the association is Jennifer Guidea. Hurricane Harvey made landfall Aug. 25 and remained over Houston for four days, dropping more than 4 feet of rain. Guidea said she […]

Cummis retires from police force, receives severance pay

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The members of the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously approved a resolution that settles the severance payout to former Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who recently retired after being placed on administrative leave. Following the release of records from the July 5, 2016, clash between Maplewood police and many teenagers, many of whom […]

West Orange organizations provide backpacks to Kelly Elementary School

West Orange organizations provide backpacks to Kelly Elementary School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Second-grade students at Kelly Elementary School had a surprise visit on Sept. 7 from West Orange Rotary and the West Orange African Heritage Organization, who brought 140 backpacks for distribution. Rotarian Cynthia Hadley-Bailey, whose children attended Kelly — formerly Pleasantdale — Elementary School, brought 100 backpacks and WOAHO President Robert Simmons […]

‘Black and Blue’ sheds light on stigmas for black males

Schafer uses her art to change perceptions in community

‘Black and Blue’ sheds light on stigmas for black males

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Addressing the stigmas surrounding black masculinity is a difficult task, but that is exactly what Maplewood resident and Columbia High School alumna Claudia Schafer hopes to do with her new exhibit “Black and Blue,” which examines the personal experiences with prejudice and racism of six young black men. The exhibit is on […]